Sunday Ramblings Vol.8

*Sunday Ramblings is a weekly post where we share our personal anecdotes and thoughts. These posts won’t necessarily be directly related to In the Rough, but the likelihood is that they will be while creating a transparent look into the business.*

*This is Volume 8*

I’m finding myself sitting staring at the screen tonight. Not quite writers’ block, more grasping at finding a worthy subject to write about. I have toyed with the idea of writing about things that inspire me, but I want that to come on a different day, not during my Sunday Ramblings. Maybe on a Wednesday or Thursday post to break up the week and add a bit more pizazz to the blog. That still leaves me wondering what to write about right now. So, maybe for my first ‘Inspirations’ post, I’ll start here…

This chair – The Eames Lounge Chair, has been my furniture raison d’etre since as long as I can remember. I told Scott I’d take this chair as my engagement ‘present’ in lieu of a ring, but alas, I got a ring (it’s a beautiful ring and I love it but, but… this chair!!).

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If you don’t know anything about this chair and ottoman, they were designed by brothers Charles and Ray Eames for the Herman Miller company. It took years of tinkering and perfecting but was finally released in 1956. This chair is still relevant today. It has and will continue to stand the test of time when it comes to furniture, design, quality, and craftsmanship. If you’ve never noticed it before, you’ll start seeing it everywhere now (sorry, not sorry) – movies, reproductions in offices, other furniture stores, TV shows, etc. It’s stunning and understated, a quiet kind of cool.

I want to get to a point with In The Rough where my pieces exude even a fraction of whatever magic this chair has. I want people to think similar thoughts about what I’m offering the world. No, I don’t believe I need to sell something for $10,000 to get this reaction, but something for $20 can be just as admired and loved… at least that’s the hope! I can assure you this isn’t the last time you’ll hear of my love for this chair. I’ll likely write a much longer post about it some day, since it is the inanimate love of my life.

One day, this chair will be mine. In the meantime, I’ll keep creating things and reaching for my Eames dreams 🙂

 

Sunday Ramblings Vol.5

*Sunday Ramblings is a weekly post where we share our personal anecdotes and thoughts. These posts won’t necessarily be directly related to In the Rough, but the likelihood is that they will be while creating a transparent look into the business.*

*This is Volume 5*

Do you ever sit back at what you’re doing now compared to what you were doing five, even 10 years in the past? I can’t help but going back to roughly 11 years ago when I was fairly confident I’d be living in Grand Rapids, MI, studying how to build furniture. The brochure made it look idyllic. Studying and building furniture in a state-of-the-art building surrounded by nature. Everywhere I looked I heard nothing but positive things about both the school and the city. I was excited. I built a portfolio – I don’t remember what it consisted of anymore. I filled in the application… I did everything short of actually applying. That excitement didn’t last that long. I somehow didn’t realize the price for an international student. $30,000 tuition for one year? It was a four year program. That didn’t include anything else. I’d need a place to live, food, textbooks, materials? A new computer… what else? Surely the expenses didn’t end there. My excitement and that dream got put to a staggering and shattering halt. Maybe I wasn’t excited as I thought. As I do, I kept moving forward. The dream got slotted away somewhere deep and dark and my daily grind turned to finishing my English degree.

Since then, the dream changed. It changed a lot. I landed in a spot that was at first inspiring (maybe blindly so) and eventually a great teacher, in the sense that I learned a lot about the rights and wrongs about business, but also about myself. I found my passion. I ended up back in school, back with a dream to do things for myself. Am I a bad employee? I don’t think so. But I think I have a lot to offer the world, or on a smaller level, my community. This new dream struck me so hard it felt like it had always been a part of me – like another limb, one that I didn’t know about but once I found it I wasn’t sure how I’d lived without it before then! Sounds cheesy, I know. My apologies.

The dream today is still the same. It feels farther now than when I went back to school, especially as now I’m paying off student debt that really slows everything down. Money being the biggest deterrent… or the only one? In my mind it’s the only thing stopping me, but in reality I know there’s a lot more to it than that. I know that I still have a lot of work to do to get to where I really want to be, but I also know that I will continue to work hard to get there. Until then, I need to find that passionate fire and apply it here… because I know I’ve been slacking. I need to resurrect that Grand Rapids dream, and maybe, just maybe, that’s when everything will click into place.